Union College concert celebrates Mozart's 250th birthday

LINCOLN—Union College presents, "The Majesty of Mozart," a free vocal and instrumental concert on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, to celebrate the 250th birthday of one of Austria's great composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The concert will feature the Summit String Ensemble and the Union College Unionaires and Chamber Chorale. Performers also include Union College music faculty Drs. Rudy Dennis, Kenneth Hoppmann and Ryan Wells; Dr. Marina Fabrikant, adjunct piano professor; and Clark Potter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor.

Music will include "Trio in E-flat Major," "Sonata in D Major" and four of Mozart's most well known choral works including, "Lacrimosa" from "Requiem," and "Ave Verum," K. 618—a penitent prayer of hope and Mozart's last completed work. Throughout the program, Dr. Malcolm Russell, Union College vice president for Academic Administration, will introduce the selections with information about Mozart's life and work.

Born in 1756, Mozart's genius shone from his earliest years. He began performing concerts with his sister at age 6 and composed his first symphony at age 8. By his death at age 35, Mozart had written more than 600 pieces of music. His work covered a multitude of genres including operas, concertos and chamber music.

Parking is available in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church parking lot, located on the corner of South 48th Street and Prescott Avenue. For more information, contact Jacque Smith at 402.486.2538.